Claudine Swinton-Lee (MBACP - Psychotherapist)

Claudine Swinton-Lee (MBACP - Psychotherapist)

Waterfall House
223, Tooting High Street
Tooting
London
SW17 0TD

020 8 670 9712 / 07956 306065

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Waterfall House
223, Tooting High Street
Tooting
London
SW17 0TD

020 8 670 9712 / 07956 306065

About me

Confidential, down to earth therapy offered to individuals and couples, both on a short term and long term basis. My basic orientation as a therapist lies in the recognition of how the past (distant or most recent) effects present behaviour, attitude and choice (not always in the way we would ideally like or wish) and, therefore, determines the future (thus perpetuating negative 'cycles' of experience) Therapy is a joint endeavour which aims to help people become free of such patterns or responses that cause unhappiness. Although therapy is not 'magic' and one should never promise a successful outcome, I am happy to say that clients who finish their therapy with me leave with a new bank of self-knowledge, clarification of issues and lifelong tools all acquired through their attendance - and, most importantly, repetitive cycles of unhappy experience broken.

In our first session, we will clarify what your expectations and goals are. An initial consultation allows us an introduction which will enable you to decide whether or not you would like to continue working with me. We will speak about what the catalyst has been in making an appointment and, as you explain, I will also describe to you in what ways therapy may help you, personally, resolve certain problems, the obstacles that may stand in our way of achieving this sometimes (how part of my job is to make this as less difficult as possible) and how through your 'free association' (talking in an environment without being judged) we will discover certain beliefs and thoughts that up until now may have remained 'unknown' yet which have had a 'dynamic' and negative effect on life (i.e psychodynamic understanding)

Through your narrative, that is to say material based on factual word from yourself within our sessions, I will offer explanations and interpretations which are coincidental with realizations being made from week to week, and which bring clarity and understanding to what previously may have appeared confusing and inescapable.Through application of what is being experienced and made sense of in therapy, therefore, we will see certain changes occur. We call this process 'working through'. Seeing life and oneself in new ways will bring, it is hoped, empowerment, confidence and, ultimately, skills to remain calm and happy - even in the more (and inevitable) challenging times presented by life.

I am particularly familiar in seeing clients - both men and women - who wish to resolve issues in relation to specific and pervasive anxiety, addiction, anger/frustration, depression, psychosexual issues, sexuality, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, medically unexplained/psychosomatic symptoms, partner and family issues, workplace conflict and challenges, difficulties in romantic life, feeling bullied, over-thinking/over-reacting, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, indecision, feeling empty/unfulfilled, feeling out of control/procrastination, attachment disorder, difficulty in liking self and making connection with others, relationship breakup and separation, affairs, feelings of helplessness and fear, guilt and shame issues, unmanageable stress, loss/bereavement, trauma, mid-life crisis/existential issues, feelings of isolation/loneliness, insomnia, menopausal impact, self-harm and suicidal feelings (Please see below for information in regard to couples/relationship counselling)

I am accustomed (and enjoy) meeting with people from diverse and varied backgrounds, religions, cultures and beliefs and of all ages, abilities and sexual orientations.

I usually suggest putting regular weekly sessions in the diary. There is no obligation to attend all of the sessions booked but continuity is essential to successful therapy.

To make an appointment please 'phone or email. Referrals from a Dr (or other Health Specialist) by 'phone or letter are welcome. If the answerphone is on, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I am able.

Training, qualifications & experience

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (International School Of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) Diploma (4 year study programme)

Hypnotherapy (London College Of Clinical Hypnosis) Certificate

MBACP - Member British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Certificate of Proficiency held)


I adhere to BACP's Ethical Framework guidelines and receive ongoing monthly clinical Supervision (I have full Professional Indemnity Insurance)

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with


As mentioned above, I am particularly familiar in treating clients presenting issues around...specific and generalised anxiety, addiction, anger, depression, psychosexual issues, sexuality, family/relationship issues, workplace conflict, romantic life difficulty, obsessional compulsive disorder, phobia, feeling bullied, over-thinking/over-reacting, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, indecision, feeling empty/unfulfilled, feeling out of control/procrastination, attachment disorder, difficulty in liking self and making connection with others, relationship break up and separation, affairs, feelings of helplessness and fear, guilt and shame issues, unmanageable stress, loss/bereavement, trauma, mid-life crisis/existential issues, feelings of isolation/loneliness, insomnia, menopausal effects, self-harm and suicidal feelings.

Fees

50 minute initial consultation; £50.00

Daytime/Evening Bookings; £50.00


There are (limited) concessionary places available
so please enquire if you are in receipt of benefits, student loans, are on a low income or there other circumstances necessary to take into account (maximum 8 sessions initially agreed on low cost counselling places, to enable others to take advantage of discounted fees)

Couples Counselling;
I offer an 8 week course to couples seeking therapy and see couples (together) on session one and session eight only - other sessions are attended by each individual on their own. In session eight, clients attend together and personal insights are discussed and connections made.

The method is regarded as a short term therapy designed to aid personal growth and to develop recognition of how and in what ways one effects, and is effected by, the other. Discovering what events has led to certain behaviours frees us, it is hoped, from previous debillitating patterns of involvement and helps us to understand not only ourselves, but our partners, family, friends and so on.

Further information


Most Recent CPD Workshops;

Gender Dysphoria (Michelle Bridgeman)

Dealing With Distress - Working With Self-Harm and Suicide (PODS)

Positive Outcomes For Dissociative Survivors (PODS)

Working With Dissociative Identity Disorder (PODS)

Running Mindfulness Groups

Maps & Directions

Tooting, SW17 0TD

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

Availability

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - from 5pm - 10pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples